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Backstreet Boys Show Proves Dangerous

14 injured in Oklahoma after storm blows entrance trusses over
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 19, 2018 6:11 AM CDT
Backstreet Boys Show Proves Dangerous
In this June 6, 2018 file photo, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, and AJ McLean of Backstreet Boys, perform "Don't go Breaking My Heart" at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

(Newser) – At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed. WinStar World Casino and Resort says in a statement Saturday that the resort began an evacuation at about 5pm when lightning was within four miles of the casino, reports the AP. The company says about 150 patrons did not evacuate and "the storm hit and knocked over the concert entrance trusses with 70 [to] 80 mile an hour winds and heavy rain," a casino rep tells E! Online.

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"We know that fans often suffer through inclement weather for their favorite acts," says the rep, "but this was an unusual event and our thoughts are with those who were injured during this storm." Of the 14 people taken to a hospital, two have been released. WinStar later said the concert was postponed to a later date. Band member Kevin Richardson tweeted that the concert had been sold out with about 12,000 fans. He continued: "Unfortunately, due to damage sustained in the storm earlier this evening, we are unable to perform the show tonight. Safety is always #1. Keep your tickets because, Backstreet WILL BE BACK!"

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